Who or what inspired you to be a musician?
I was exposed to music from a very early age...my Dad is a musician and so was my Grandfather. I started taking piano lessons when I was 7 years old and quickly learned that in order to play along with Dad and Grampy, it was either sink or swim. Dad would tell me what key they were in and with Dad on his guitar and Grampy on his fiddle, I would jump in chording along. I have always LOVED music and would try to copy what I thought were beautiful voices. Karen Carpenter and ABBA were certainly early influences. My sister Stephanie, who is also in the band, and I were always singing growing up...either church songs, classic country, or show tunes...it was quite a mix!
Tell us one of your favourite stories or anecdotes.
Stories?!! I have a million of them! It is hard to think of just one...however, there is nothing like a sweet introduction to a song at a wedding you have sung a million times, and this just happens to be the time you forget the words AND the tune...good times!
What are your hobbies or pastimes when you are not playing music?
I love being outside...biking, hiking and swimming. I also love a good party! I am a Maritimer after all!
Who is your favourite recording artist, or what is your favourite album?
This is a hard question to answer. I go through phases as I am sure most people do. I love Linda Ronstadt, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, Anne Murray and Adele. Jim Cuddy will always have a special place in my heart.
How did you become involved in Corduroy Road?
Reg and I moved to Toronto three days after our wedding to form a band. We came up with the name in the subway and it felt right immediately. I am the lead singer and one of the piano players.
What would be your dream vacation?
Vacation? What is that?!?!?? I would go anywhere...someone take me somewhere!
What are your future aspirations?
To win a JUNO award, a CCMA award and and ECMA award...then perhaps a Grammy. Oh yes and to be a full time touring band.
What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has happened while you were performing?
In 1999 I had the pleasure of playing Patsy Cline in "A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline" and during the song 'I Fall To Pieces' my wardrobe malfunctioned. I was wearing a vintage gown from the 1950's and the zipper was as old as the dress...and started to let go in the middle of the song...I held it together...my voice and the dress until the song was over and I could get back to my dresser...it was quite hilarious!
Do you have anything else you would like to share?
All I have ever wanted to do is to sing. I feel so blessed that I get to perform with such a talented group of people. It is wonderful singing songs that my husband, Reg has written. I am a proud Maritimer that will now call Paris, Ontario home. I am very close to my family and love being a part of Corduroy Road. I would perform everyday if it was possible.